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BoyGe­orge,he’sgotit

Boy Ge­orge makes for an ar­tic­u­late and en­ter­tain­ing guest when he talks to Miriam O’Cal­laghan

(Sun­day with Miriam, RTÉ Ra­dio 1). The most in­ter­est­ing mem­o­ries are not about the singer’s 1980s hey­day, how­ever, rather his up­bring­ing in a Lon­don-Irish fam­ily. “In essence I’ve al­ways been Ge­orge O’Dowd.” He re­calls the abuse he re­ceived in the 1970s for be­ing of Irish ances­try and gay, and re­mem­bers com­ing out at age 15: “I think my mother was very sur­prised, not that I was gay – that was kind of ob­vi­ous – but that I hadn’t told her sooner.”

Even now, Ge­orge’s back­ground shapes him: “I’m Bud­dhist in my as­pi­ra­tions and Catholic in my com­pli­ca­tions.” No won­der his band were called Cul­ture Club.

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